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11:27 am , January 28, 2014 Comments Off on Duke of Earl Tea & Vanilla Bean Birthday Cake
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Earl Grey & Vanilla Bean Birthday Cake

Makes 3 6-inch round cake layers

Ingredients
⅔ cup milk
4 teaspoons of Nourishtea Duke of Earl

2 tea filters
2 whole eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1¼ cups + 2 tablespoons (160 grams) cake flour
1 cup sugar
2¼ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
blue or purple food coloring (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.
  2. Line three 6″ round cake pans with parchment paper.  Grease and flour.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the milk until simmering.  Place 2 teaspoon of Duke of Earl tea into each tea filter. Remove the milk from the heat, add the tea filters, and steep for 5 minutes.  Remove the tea filters and allow the milk to cool completely.
  4. Whisk together the whole eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla in a small bowl.  Set aside.
  5. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  6. Add the butter and cooled milk to the dry ingredients.  Beat on low until well-blended.  Raise the speed to medium and beat for another minute.
  7. Add the egg/vanilla mixture in three additions, beating well after each addition.
  8. If desired, beat in food coloring.
  9. Divide the batter between the three pans and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  10. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Remove from the pan and allow to cool completely.

Vanilla Bean Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Ingredients
4 egg whites
1¼ cups sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
½ tablespoon vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
pinch of salt

Method

  1. Cube the butter and leave out at room temperature (make sure you don’t leave it over the dishwasher or oven or it will get too warm).
  2. Whisk the eggs whites and sugar together in the top part of a double broiler.  Make sure that the water in the bottom part is simmering, not boiling.  Keep whisking until a candy thermometer reads 160° F.
  3. Transfer to a stand mixer with the whisk attachment installed.  Whip at a medium speed until the mixture is at room temperature (the bowl feels neutral when you touch it).
  4. Lower the mixing speed and add the butter, one cube at a time.  Keep mixing until there is an obvious change in the consistency of the buttercream – from soupy to much more solid (you can usually hear the mixer start making different noises).  If it stays soupy for a very long time, throw the bowl in the refrigerator for ten minutes or so and retry.
  5. Add the vanilla extract, vanilla bean, and salt and keep mixing until they are incorporated.

Assembly

  1. Level and torte (cut in half) each cake layer so that you have 6 even layers.  I like using a cake leveler to do this.
  2. Place your first cake layer on your decorating surface.  Spread a thin layer of buttercream evenly over the cake layer.  Place the next layer on top, and repeat.  Repeat with the remaining layers.
  3. Spread a thin coat of buttercream over the top and sides of the cake.  Don’t worry if you get crumbs in the frosting – that’s what this layer is for!  Place the cake in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to allow the frosting to set.
  4. Remove your cake from the refrigerator and frost with a final, thicker layer of buttercream.
  5. Top with fondant rose candles if desired.

Adapted from Huntsman and Wynne’s Chai Cake by the Building buttercream blogspotearl-grey-birthday-cake-3

Thursday: Italian Egg Sandwich
8:30 am , April 11, 2013 Comments Off on Thursday: Italian Egg Sandwich
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Who says sandwiches are just for lunch? This Italian inspired breakfast sandwich is satisfying and simple. Enjoy with a hot cup of our Duke of Earl tea and repeat after us: delizioso!

You will need:
2 slices of bread
1 slice of provolone cheese
A few slices of thinly sliced salami
1 egg
Freshly sliced tomato

Directions:

1. Spray a small pan with cooking spray and fry 1 egg until it is over-medium (yolk will be a bit firm).
2. In a toaster oven place the two slices of bread in a toaster oven. Place the cheese on one half of the bread. Toast until desired crispiness or until cheese melts.
3. While bread is toasting, slice a tomato.
4. Assemble the sandwich with the cheesy piece of bread on the bottom, the egg, and then layer remaining meat and tomato. Top with mayo or mustard if desired.

Earl Grey Giveaway!
8:47 pm , January 31, 2013 Comments Off on Earl Grey Giveaway!
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Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

We’re giving away two tins of our very own Duke of Earl! This black tea is a crowd pleaser and has a rich aroma of Italian bergamot that Earl Grey fans love.

All you have to do to enter is follow @nourishtea on Twitter and retweet a contest tweet to enter!

 

 

 

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UPDATE: Thanks to everyone to joined, and congrats to @ItsDonnaG for winning our contest! Stay tuned for our next tea giveaway!

Terms & Conditions

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter. We hereby release Twitter of any liability. To enter the competition, you must be: (a) a Canadian resident; (b) the age of majority in your Province; (c) follow @nourishtea on Twitter and (d) retweet one of the qualifying tweets. No purchase necessary. The closing date is February 4 at 11:59PM EST. The draw will take place on February 5. Prize is not exchangeable for cash or any other prize. Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified. Winner will be contacted after the giveaway ends.

 

Chinese Tea Eggs
11:50 am , January 27, 2013 Comments Off on Chinese Tea Eggs
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Our tea comes from all corners of the world: Japan, Sri Lanka, India, Egypt, South Africa, USA and many from China.

In celebration of the Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year), we thought it would be fun to share a special recipe!

The literal translation of tea eggs is “tea leaf egg” and that’s exactly how this treat is made. A tea egg is a flavourful, fragrant traditional Chinese snack. Nicknamed marble eggs, the unique pattern is created by the cracked shell during the curing process.

We want to see how your tea eggs turned out, tweet us a picture @nourishtea.

 

You will need:

8 eggs
2 quarts cold water
3 tbsp loose leaf black tea (We suggest our Duke of Earl)
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp Chinese five spice
2 whole star anise
1 stalk green onion, tied in a knot
1 thumb-size slice of ginger

 

Directions:

  • Place the eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil at high heat.
  • After reaching boiling point, reduce to a simmer for 15 mins
  • Drain the water and rinse eggs in cold water
  • When the eggs are cooled, crack the shells, but leave them on (you may want to roll the eggs on the counter – place a towel down first)
  • Put the eggs back into the medium saucepan with 2 quarts of cold water, Duke of Earl tea, soy sauce, Chinese five spice, star anise, green onion, and ginger.
  • Bring the contents to a boil again then reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for an hour.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and let the eggs cool completely in the liquid.
  • Peel the shells from the eggs and serve whole.

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Low Tea Party
4:17 pm , January 12, 2013 1
Posted in: Black, Featured

Also known as “afternoon tea” this small meal was traditionally served on low tables. Today, “low” refers to the time tea is served; 3-5pm. Afternoon tea is a fantastic way to spend time with friends chatting and catching up. We’re going to take you through all the steps of throwing a delightful low tea party of your very own!

Invite

Low tea is best reserved for small groups. We suggest a party of no more than 6, but ultimately the number of guests is up to you.

A paper invitation is a must. Include essential information like date, time, and dress code. Depending the formality of your party, you may suggest the ladies wear hats and gloves, and the gentleman wear blazers.

Setting

Doilies, lace and fine china all politely declare ‘tea party’. If you have fine silver or special china, this is the perfect time to let it shine! If you don’t have a set of teacups, try looking at and thrift store where you can find often find a full set, or you can build an eclectic collection of various cups and saucers.

Each guest should have a teacup and saucer, a small plate for food, a teaspoon, a butter knife (for scones) and a cloth napkin.

Food

A three-tiered stand in the centre of the table is the perfect way to present 3 courses; tea sandwiches, scones, and bite sized desserts. The first course is served from the bottom of the tray, working upwards.

Food is best served in small, dainty portions, since low tea is essentially a snack time. Conversation and tea are the main focus, not the food.

Some extras you will need on the table:

  • Sliced lemons
  • Sugar bowl
  • Milk
  • Butter dish

Tea

The lady of the hour, and the most important detail of the party! We recommend a black tea like our Duke of Earl or Canadian Breakfast. Steep to a medium strength, unless your group has a united specific preference.

Taste your tea first before adding extras.  Remember tea first, then add milk and sugar, or lemon.

Enjoy the tea and good company, cheers!

Gingerbread Waffles
8:04 pm , December 19, 2012 Comments Off on Gingerbread Waffles
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Enjoy these decadent gingerbread waffles with a hot cup of your favourite nourishtea. We recommend a full bodied black tea like our Duke of Earl to best compliment the spicy flavours in this recipe. Your winter will feel warmer in no time!

You will need:

  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour* (or 3/4 cup of unbleached all purpose flour and 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour mixed)
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • Slightly less than 1 cup of milk (Between 3/4 and a full cup)
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
Directions:
  • Preheat waffle iron.
  • Add egg, molasses, pumpkin puree, oil, brown sugar and whisk. Add milk and stir once more.
  • Add flour, baking powder and spices to a sifter and sift over wet ingredients. Stir until just combined.
  • Ideally, let batter rest for 5 minutes before cooking.
  • Once preheated, generously spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and spoon about 1/2 cup of the batter onto the center of the iron and cook according to your machine’s instructions. (set to darker setting if you prefer crispier waffles)
  • Once done, remove and place on cooling rack to let steam roll of and crisp up a bit.
  • Serve warm with butter and maple syrup.

Serves: 4 waffles

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